Lahore—The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) held its 28th convocation ceremony on Monday, and awarded undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees to 900+ students of the graduating class of 2016.
The ceremony commenced with the entrance of the academic procession at the convocation venue. The procession included students and faculty from all four schools; Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS), Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) and Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL). The management honoured its outstanding students with awards and medals over excellence in their academic performances.
The keynote speaker at the ceremony was renowned economist and diplomat, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. Recognised as one of the top ten professional women of Asia by The Wall Street Journal Asia in 2008, Dr. Akhtar is presently the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the tenth Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Dr. Akhtar has also served as Governor of the Central Bank of Pakistan and as Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank. In her capacity as Governor, Dr. Akhtar was also the Chairperson of the Central Bank Board and its affiliates, as well as a Governor of the IMF. She has won two consecutive awards as Asia’s Best Central Bank Governor from Emerging Markets and from the Banker’s Trust.
Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Vice Chancellor LUMS welcomed parents, students, the LUMS management committee members, trustees and the keynote speaker, Dr. Akhtar at the convocation ceremony. In his welcome address, he congratulated the graduating class and said, “This degree that you will hold in your hand, certifies you as Captains of your own unique ship. Where you decide to head is your choice and should you decide to build a new ship later; that is your prerogative too. We can vouch today that you have the skills and confidence to do that.”